Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I love children. I even work in a Pre-K classroom at my local school.
Writing’s something I’ve always loved doing, even as a child. It wasn’t until after I had my own children that I finished my first novel, though. Since then I’ve had several published, along with a few short stories as part of Satin Romance’s anthologies.
I also love gray, stormy days and I’m kind of a chocolate addict.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
I have a sequel book to GOOD VS EVIL HIGH being released in a few months and recently finished my first children’s chapter book. It’s titled CHRISTMAS ZOMBIES and it’s full of Christmas magic. I’ve never had a children’s story published before, so fingers crossed it’ll make it.
I think the inspiration was me thinking about cute jolly little elves and I started wondering, what if there were naughty elves who dealt with naughty children. It’s something nobody’s ever talked about and I decided it would make a great story.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Living out in the country, we have A LOT of dogs. So my only ritual–and not a very fun one–is that I’m constantly getting up to let dogs in and out and to give them affection when they whine like they’re in need of it. I guess the doggie snuggles are nice; just the hopping up and down out of my seat gets old fast.
I also try to keep a little snack and a bottle of water at my desk for when I need them.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
My late Uncle Mike (Michael Ballard) was a great writer over the Civil War and southern history. He’s definitely been an inspiration to me. He was always ready to answer my questions and give me advice when I needed it.
What are you working on now?
A children’s chapter book about a magical train in an enchanted forest that comes and goes to children who have a lesson to learn.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I have a Facebook page I use for promoting, but I spend more time moving on to my next story than doing lots of promoting.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don’t give up. It’s probably going to take a lot of work and disappointment and rejection before you get where you want to be.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Write something unique that will stand out against the millions of other books out there.
What are you reading now?
I’ve been reading a few books from the Poison Apple series with my kids. They’re always a surprise!
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m not sure. When I finish my magical train story, I think I’ll start a new YA romance.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Scriptures and the biggest, best, most detailed survival guides in the world.
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